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Social Work Reclaimed


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Foreword. Eileen Munro. Introduction. Isabelle Trowler and Steve Goodman, Morning Lane Associates, UK. 2. A Systems Methodology for Child and Family Social Work. Isabelle Trowler and Steve Goodman. 3. Systemic Practice in a Risk Management Context. Nick Pendry, Institute of Family Therapy, London and Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, NHS Trust, London. 4. Behavioural-based Interventions: Social Learning Theory. Stewart McCafferty, The Attachment Practice. 5. Stories Lived, Stories Told: Using a Systemic Approach to Case Recording in the Social Work Unit. Julie Rooke, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children. 6. Preconditions: Structure, Continuity and Momentum. Karen Schiltroth, London Borough of Hackney, Children and Young People's Services. 7. Working with People in Transition. Timo Dobrowolski, London Borough of Hackney, Children and Young People's Services. 8. The Centrality of Relationships. Karen Gaughan and Sonya Kalyniak, London Borough of Hackney Leaving Care Service. 9. Liberated Thinking within a Social Work Unit. Rick Mason, London Borough of Hackney, Children and Young People's Services. 10. Helping People Move Beyond Their Own Histories. Martin Purbrick, independent social work consultant. 11. Seen and Heard: The Unfolding Story of Reclaiming Social Work Through the Eyes of a Children's Practitioner. Charlie Clayton, London Borough of Hackney, Children and Young People's Services. 12. Conclusion and Reflections on Our Journey. Isabelle Trowler and Steve Goodman. List of Contributors. Index.

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Presents the theory and practice of the unique and innovative Reclaim Social Work (RSW) model pioneered by the London Borough of Hackney which has gained national recognition

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Steve Goodman and Isabelle Trowler are the co-founders of the Reclaiming Social Work (RSW) model. They have recently set up their own social enterprise, Morning Lane Associates, to promote the RSW model at a national level. They are both qualified social workers, and Isabelle has also been named as the first ever Chief Social Worker for Children in England.


This book is the account of how the London Borough of Hackney took up the same challenge in its children's services. It brings seriously good news from every point of view. From a professional perspective, it offers a model of practice that is coherent, ethical and effective in changing people's lives. From a managerial perspective, it demonstrates how to produce change in a large bureaucratic organisation, to make it more effective and simultaneously save resources of time and money. From a political perspective, it takes social workout of the hair of politicians and out of the media limelight. -- European Journal of Social Work
Reclaiming Social Work is the answer provided in the London Borough of Hackney. The editors and Debra Philip (the latter of whom the book is dedicated to) led a radical change to the delivery of social work services in the borough. An evaluation in 2010 found that since the introduction of the model there had been a reduction in costs fewer children in public care, a reduction in staff sickness and improvements in practice... this is a stimulating and at times inspiring read to be recommended to practitioners, managers and policy makers. -- Rostrum
Social Work Reclaimed sets out the "story" of the Reclaiming Social Work model from its pilot in the London Borough of Hackney to its position as an internationally recognised progressive model of social work. The contributors to the book illuminate the reader about the methodology, values and practicalities of the operational model of Reclaiming Social Work that Hackney rolled out...Social Work Reclaimed will interest any practitioner who is concerned with the challenge for social workers to effect change in complex family systems. It should also be essential reading for anyone who is interested in an evidence-based alternative to how child and family statutory services are currently organised, and how the future of social work could be shaped to be a more positive experience for families in crisis and social workers themselves. -- Professional Social Work
This book offers an exciting and persuasive account of how children and their families can receive better help from social workers... [It] shows one successful way of reforming social work to produce not just a happier workforce but, more importantly, happier children, young people and families. -- From the Foreword by Eileen Munro, Professor of Social Policy, London School of Economics and Political Science
Edited by two of the key innovators in child and family services in England, this book could not be more timely. The Munro Review of child protection in England has recommended a sea change in the way services are designed, with an emphasis on local innovation. That Steve Goodman and Isabelle Trowler achieved such a system redesign whilst under the strictures of a particularly pernicious centralised regime is a noteworthy, indeed remarkable, achievement. Managers in children's services need to see design as their day job, and they need to design around the needs of families. This book is indispensable for social work managers, social workers and academics. Buy it, read it, do it. -- Sue White, Professor of Social Work (Children and Families), University of Birmingham, UK

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